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Warriors to walk dreaded Red Mile in Fresno

Fresno State fans at the Red Mile Fresno State fans at the Red Mile
Kealoha Pilares Kealoha Pilares
Bryant Moniz Bryant Moniz
A previous game between UH and Fresno State A previous game between UH and Fresno State
Greg Salas Greg Salas

By Mike Cherry - bio | email

FRESNO, Calif. (HawaiiNewsNow) - Walking the Red Mile in Fresno is not for the faint of heart.

Bulldog fans are known to give more than an earful of unpleasant greetings.

But that's the walk Hawaii will make on Saturday, as they play Fresno State.

"They just really do some things there that irritate you, I think that walk to the field is the worst part, little kids just yelling things you don't want to hear. Who taught you that? I don't know who their parents are," Warrior receiver Kealoha Pilares said.

This will be the first time quarterback Bryant Moniz experiences the atmosphere first hand. But he won't be unfamiliar with the bitter rivalry between the two schools.

Last season, the Leilehua grad made his first career start against Fresno, throwing a pair of touchdowns and a couple of interceptions. He expects a different result this time around.

"I'm a very different player," Moniz said. "I came a long way from last year. Just a lot of work over the year, getting all the games under my belt really helped to get me where I'm at now. I don't think they've seen a passing team like us and it's unique to our offensive style that we believe there's no defense that can stop it."

The last time Hawaii stepped onto the Bulldogs field, they didn't seem too fazed by the atmosphere. Hawaii used an overtime field goal by Dan Kelly to earn a 32-29 win over 22nd-ranked Fresno State.

UH has won three of its last four meetings with the Bulldogs. But what's peaking the Warriors competitive drive this time around is the possibility of facing Fresno as a WAC rival for the final time.

"Oh definitely, you want to do that for everyone who's leaving the WAC," Warrior receiver Greg Salas said. "They're lucky they don't have to play us anymore, but it's gonna be fun."

The Warriors will be facing one of their toughest challenges of the season. Despite owning the nation's top passing offense at more than 400 yards per contest, UH will face the nation's second-ranked passing defense, who surrenders just 124 yards per outing. Leading the way is WAC sack leader Logan Harrell, who has five in four games.

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